Today was my second Mentorship event with my kid, David. He is a crazy ass ball of energy and I feel like I can’t keep up with his craziness. I taught him the game ‘Ninja’ today and that pretty much occupied his time and energy for a good hour, because he kept starting games and challenging other people, and he even played with his friends while we were sitting down towards the end (Ninja is a standing game). I got to meet his dad afterward, and he invited me to his house for this delicious El Salvadorian chicken dish that I’ve never tried. Even though he was speaking in a bit of broken English, towards the end he said “God bless you,” very gratefully and enthusiastically, and in that moment I felt like maybe Mentorship/I actually is making a difference in his life. Mentorship is already a lot of fun because I get to be a kid’s mentor, play with him, run through structured activities with a community of 100+ other like-minded, collegiate mentors, and have a good time with other kids as well. But his dad’s display of that split-second of sincere appreciation for what we were doing makes it even more worth it.